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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: New Hampshire Primary on: Today at 07:05 AM
Re-elected. I suspectRubio may have been torpedoed in the debate Sat. night. He showed what an empty suit he really is. I suspect we're going to see Kasich or Bush, or maybe even Christie, do better than expected. Agree Cruz should not be expected to do much. I'm interested to see what happens on the Dem side. If the margin has narrowed it bodes well for HRC. If it's a blowout, the BERN will be felt as a storm surge in the upcoming states.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 06, 2016, 12:34PM
No, they involve the mishandling of campaign and party money, lying about his personal story, and a sorry record as the Speaker of the floriDUH House and as our Senator. And, probably some more stuff once people start really digging.
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 06, 2016, 05:50AM
Actually, it's not a book I was familiar with until you mentioned it. Looking at the author's Wikipedia page, I think I might not find it that outlandish, although I might disagree with him on the motivations and predicted outcomes.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 06, 2016, 01:12AM
I think Molefsky's point is that the third dimension is, in his opinion, distracting, because there's no valid argument for the religio-social dimension in politics. I agree with that. The dynamic between the welfare state and the free market are interesting enough without the pointless distraction, but we're probably stuck with it anyway.

Will there come a time when "Foreign Policy" becomes the same kind of "pointless distraction" as religion? The multi-nationals already ignore international boundaries as if they weren't there to the degree they can, and, in truth, the only people on the planet who benefit from the division of the world into countries are the bankers who loan money at interest top both sides in every conflict.
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 06, 2016, 12:59AM
Didn't say all.

Yeah, kinda like this........“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 06, 2016, 12:57AM
That's just your opinion.

And, gravity is just a theory!
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 05, 2016, 06:47AM
With classified info? Where might I find your reference?

http://bluenationreview.com/classified-info-found-in-colin-powells-personal-email/
8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Feb 05, 2016, 06:07AM
Here we go again. Third time is the charm, right? Since there were over 180K "views" and more than 160 pages of discussion, I am going to continue to post my op-ed columns. I have gotten much good feedback, and the ideas for future columns, from those discussions. Hopefully, we can minimize the poop slinging this time around.

FRACKING FLORIDUH!

Two types of people support fracking, extracting oil and gas by injecting water and chemicals into the earth to break them free; those who are ignorant of how the process works, and those who stand to benefit from it. No sane person who understands the process can possibly support it unless it is somehow lining their pockets.

The Florida House recently passed a bill that not only allows fracking in Florida, but restrains local communities from disallowing the practice in their backyards. It’s somewhat akin to allowing frackers to hold a gun to the head of communities in Florida and play Russian Roulette with them. It is reminiscent of the movie “Deer Hunter” where an American POW was forced to play the game for the benefit of gamblers.

It’s hard to know where to begin when listing the dangers and pitfalls, literally, of the process. One of the biggest is groundwater contamination. The water and sand injected into the fracking wells is rife with a chemical soup of unknown contaminants. No one can/will say for sure what they are because companies that engage in the practice have bought disclosure protection from our legislators under the guise of “proprietary formulation”.

Fracking in Florida, with our shallow aquifers, has the potential to turn the entire state into a poison soup making Flint look like a kid’s game. For those of us in West Volusia county, the chemical threat pales in the comparison to the geologic potentials.

Oklahoma, a fracking centerpiece, exists on a solid substrate made of igneous rock. Prior to fracking, any movement of the ground in the state was rare and minimal. Since fracking began, Oklahoma has seen an increase in earthquakes of magnitude of 3 or larger from 109 in 2013 to 585 in 2014 to 907 in 2015.

It is not hard to imagine a sinkhole the size of Lake Okeechobee opening in the limestone substrate of Central Florida as a result if fracking is allowed here. Fortunately the Florida Senate has yet to take up the bill, SB 318, ostensibly because the DEP has not yet weighed in during the process.

Feedback from concerned citizens is having an impact in slowing this process. Representives Costello and Santiago voted against the good of Floridians in helping to pass HB191. You can still call Senators to register your position.

Dorothy Hukill, 850-487-5008
Tom Lee, Chair, Appropriations committee – 866-583-2908
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 05, 2016, 04:24AM

I agree that the original Benghazi investigation continues, but I don't believe it serves any public purpose.


Um, no. The original Benghazi investigation, and the 6 subsequent investgations by GOP committees, wrapped up years ago with findings of no wrongdoing or malfeasance on the part of anybody at upper levels in our government. Recommendations made by the original investigators have been implemented and in effect for years now. It is the political witch hunt and attempted lynching of SOS Clinton, which has virtually nothing to do with finding anything about Benghazi, that is ongoing. And, it has all the credibility and fishing expedition qualities of the original Whitewater special prosecutor. Maybe in a couple of more years when it has morphed from Benghazi through emails to coin tosses and on to whatever made up "scandal" they come up with next they will get President Hillary to lie under oath about a hairdo and they can impeach her too.
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 04, 2016, 10:57AM

 But there is no evidence.


That is completely irrelevent to right wingers when it comes to Clinton. Look at the on-going BENGHAZI!!!!! absurdity.
11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 03, 2016, 03:21PM
Then who competes against the unions? They have big money just like corporations. I can't compete against the unions as a small business or an individual.

Management. When we say get the money out of politics, we mean, GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. Public funding of a much shorter election season. That and doing away with gerymandering would insure that only politicians who actually represent the people who elect them will get elected.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 03, 2016, 05:30AM

There is a definite correlation between lack of education and political affiliation, but it's not one you're likely to bring up. Maybe you could document otherwise, with statistics on the educational attainment of Bernie's supporters compared to anyone else's.


Somewhere in all the coverage of the caucuses I heard someone, maybe Tom Brokaw(?) say that in the decades he's been covering politics, Bernie's supporters, especially the young ones, were the brightest, most perceptive group, with a better understanding of the processes, that he has ever seen. One man's opinion, but I would say the same from the involvement I have had with the campaign so far.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 02, 2016, 01:57PM
After seven straight years of deficit reductions, the first omnibus spending bill passed after the GOP got control blows that string and starts the inveitable Republican deficit climb, with everyone of those dollars going onto the debt they hate so much.
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Iowa Caucus Results on: Feb 02, 2016, 10:39AM
As i see it, Trump and Cruz are candidates for the "angry voters"  and together those make up 60+% of the vote.

In both parties, and it is Sanders who appeals to the angry, SANE voters. He will get the Angry, unaffiliated voters that are so cherished by both parties.
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Feb 01, 2016, 08:51AM
Wow! Bag of hammers anyone?

God knows you have one!
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Feb 01, 2016, 06:58AM
Could the Trombone Forum please install a "Like" button?
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Feb 01, 2016, 05:08AM
If we're gonna bring back Acts which are no longer being enforced, rather than bring back one that has lost every case related to it at the Supreme Court, why not bring back one that might actually do some good? Like, maybe, the Sherman Act? Reagan shutting down the enforcement of the Sherman Act after Carter's Justice Dept. broke up AT&T, which brought on the communications revolution that led to cell phones, was the proximal cause of "Too Big To Fail." Yet another example of what a disaster Reagan was for the American people. Well, except for the .01%.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Jan 31, 2016, 11:45AM
Nope. Bernie didn't break any laws the way Reagan did. If anybody was going to be jailed for treason, it should be the 47 chickenhawk senators that violated the Logan Act.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Jan 31, 2016, 10:11AM
Reagan SHOULD HAVE BEEN impeached for the Iran-Contra mud wallow.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Jan 31, 2016, 04:36AM
Well. morning coffee reading, but,.....yeah! Truth!
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